published Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Strong storms, tornadoes possible in parts of northern Georgia, Tennessee and northeast Alabama

NOAA weather map shows possible severe storms in north Georgia.
NOAA weather map shows possible severe storms in north Georgia.

Forecasters are predicting a moderate risk of severe storms for parts of North Georgia, Tennessee and Northeast Alabama — including the possibility of tornadoes — as a large weather system pushes into the area.

WRCB-TV chief meteorologist Paul Barys said severe storms are likely this afternoon and tonight, with winds over 60 mph, hail and the possibility of tornadoes in some North Georgia and western Tennessee counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea and Grundy counties in Tennessee until 8 p.m. CST, WRCB reported. For DeKalb and Jackson counties in Alabama, the tornado watch is until 9 p.m. CST.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for North Georgia, and said the storms could hit the area this evening.

Forecasters say the main threat will be damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes are possible.

Also, officials say it’s possible that a strong tornado could develop in the part of North Georgia which is most at risk of severe weather. That area is north of a line from Summerville to Ellaville to Hiawassee.

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